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SIGN UP FOR: Willy Street Co-op’s Eat Local Challenge!

August 26, 2011 - September 4, 2011

Willy Street Co-op’s Eat Local Challenge – How Local Will You Go?

Eat Local Challenge logoOur second annual Eat Local Challenge will run September 5–October 2, 2011. Sign-ups will start Aug. 26th. This year you can sign up for only the last two weeks or for the entire Challenge.

What is the Eat Local Challenge?
We’re challenging YOU to eat more local foods, whether they’re from farmers’ markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), your garden or our store. Last year over 650 people took the Challenge, and we’re hoping to double that number this year.

Why eat local?
Local foods tend to be fresher than those shipped from across the country or farther away, and fresh food has more nutrients. Transporting food long distances requires more fossil fuels and packaging than those grown and prepared closer to home. You’re also supporting your local farmers and keeping the agricultural viability of their communities alive.

(Willy Street Co-op defines “local” as within 150 miles of the State Capitol building or anywhere in Wisconsin.)

How Local Will You Go?

Loophole Locavore
all of what you eat is either locally grown or locally prepared


Extreme Locavore
everything you eat is locally grown, with a few exceptions


100% Locavore
everything you eat is locally grown (except salt)



Other Resources

“Food to Fork” Facts

Sample Weeklong Menu and PDFs of Recipes

Inspirational Blogs

  • The Good Food Muse – by our very own Deli Manager, Megan Blodgett!
  • My Year of Food – by our very own Executive Assistant and Newsletter Writer, Stephanie Ricketts!

Co-op Newsletter Articles

Our Partners

REAP Food Group – Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group (REAP) is building a regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP connects producers, consumers, policy makers, educators, businesses and organizations to nourish the links between land and table. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agricultural practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our community.

Check out the online version of their 2011 Farm Fresh Atlas, a great resource.
Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC) – Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition (MACSAC) supports and connects Community Supported Agriculture farmers and eaters. MACSAC envisions a future where Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the backbone of a strong local food system; where all families have access to locally produced, organic food and have strong connections to their farms, food and community. They coordinate community and farmer education programs, including the Partner Shares Program which raises funds to subsidize CSA memberships for households on a limited income.

If you don’t own a copy of From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce,it’s an invaluable cookbook, especially if you are interested in eating local!


August 26, 2011
September 4, 2011
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Willy Street Co-op


We are a non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin that supports and connects Community Supported Agriculture farmers and eaters.

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We rely on support from hundreds of volunteers, donors, and farms each year to continue building the local food movement. Find out how you can contribute.

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From Asparagus to Zucchini and Farm Fresh and Fast provide essential tools for all CSA members and vegetable lovers who want to make the most of local and seasonal produce.

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This program, among other community programs, works to reduce the barriers of CSA membership in our community by providing cost-sharing opportunities.

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The Coalition and area Health Plan partners encourage healthier diets and a healthier Wisconsin through fresh, local produce on our tables.

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